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The meaning of courtly love

Author: Francis X Newman; State University of New York at Binghamton. Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies.
Publisher: Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, ©1968.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The essays of this book are the five major papers of a conference sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies of the State University of New York at Binghamton on 17-18 March 1967. The papers will offer the reader an opportunity to determine the meaning of the concept of courtly love in critical discussion, to judge its importance in understanding medieval literature, and to see the range of opinion  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Congresses
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Francis X Newman; State University of New York at Binghamton. Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies.
ISBN: 0873950380 9780873950381
OCLC Number: 270784895
Notes: "Papers of the first annual conference of the Center for Medieval and Early Renaissance Studies, State University of New York at Binghamton, March 17-18, 1967."
Description: x, 102 pages; 25 cm
Contents: The concept of courtly love as an impediment to the understanding of medieval texts / D.W. Robertson, Jr. --
Clio and Venus : an historical view of medieval love / John F. Benton --
Dante : within courtly love and beyond / Charles S. Singleton --
Faith unfaithful : the German reaction to courtly love / W.T.H. Jackson --
Guenevere, or the uses of courtly love / Theodore Silverstein.
Responsibility: edited by F.X. Newman.

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The essays of this book are the five major papers of a conference sponsored by the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies of the State University of New York at Binghamton on 17-18 March 1967. The papers will offer the reader an opportunity to determine the meaning of the concept of courtly love in critical discussion, to judge its importance in understanding medieval literature, and to see the range of opinion on the subject. D. W. Robertson, Jr., who rejects the concept of courtly love as critically misleading and without historical basis, supports his position by a detailed discussion of Chaucer's Book of the Duchess and Troilus and Criseyde. John Benton is equally skeptical, finding in his review of the historical evidence on medieval attitudes toward love and sexuality nothing that supports the popular view that there was widespread adherence by medieval thinkers to a "doctrine" of courtly love. W. T. H. Jackson examines the extent to which medieval German poetry wasby a reaction to the "courtly" conceptions of love that the German poets found--or thought they found--in the French romances and lyrics. Charles S. Singleton uses courtly love as a measure of Dante's progress in poetry, showing how Dante began his poetic career within the "play" world of courtly love but eventually passed beyond it to find his true subject not in venus but in virtus. Theodore Silverstein surveys the "uses" of courtly love in an effort to sort out the critical positions that underlie the diversity of opinion on the subject and to suggest the direction that future discussion might profitably take. The five papers are supplemented by a partial transcript of the round-table discussion of the participants and a bibliography of recent scholarship on the concept of courtly love. -- Jacket.

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